Category: Independent Leagues

[5/28/2016] Island League: Ehime Mandarin Pirates finish in first for the first-half

The Ehime Mandarin Pirates clinched first place for the first-half of the season on May 28. They beat the Kochi Fighting Dogs 8-3 while the second place Tokushima Indigo Socks dropped their game against the Kagawa Olive Guyners, 3-1.

Source: IL announcement, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2016

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[5/24/2016] Kei Igawa is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars

Thirty-six-year-old Kei Igawa is not ready to retire and is planning to join the Hyogo Blue Sandars out of the Baseball First League. Igawa has been practicing with the team since April and is close to being ready to play.

Igawa reportedly received offers from a number of teams, but may have picked Hyogo because of his connections: manager Akihiro Yamasaki is former teammate Sachiya Yamasaki’s father and coach Toshiyuki Tsuzuki used to be a trainer in the Hanshin organization when he played for the Tigers.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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